This book explains how three major mechanisms of globalization - international trade, international migration, and the activities of multinational companies - have altered working conditions and labor rights around the world during the 20th century. Drawing on analyses of a database on international labor conditions assembled for this project and a growing research literature on globalization and labor conditions, the book finds that trade, migration, and multinational companies are associated with improvements in world labor conditions.
Readership: Policy-makers, intelligent non-specialists (i.e. who read and follow international policy issues in the New York Times, the
Washington Post, or The Economist), and academics. This book would be suitable as a collateral reading in undergraduate courses in economic development, globalization, public policy, or international labor issues.
Robert J. Flanagan, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Labor Economics and Policy Analysis, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University